As summer is getting closer, all serious lifters are shifting into the “get ripped” mode, looking forward to the pool parties, barbeques and beach days, just waiting to take off their shirts and show their rock-solid physiques.
The bulking days are over now, and most people begin their cutting phase by lightening up the weights and performing a higher number of repetitions. Most trainees were told that "heavy weights bulk up the muscle and lighter weights define the muscle"...a mentality that is totally wrong and will only slow down your progress in the gym, making you lose precious muscle mass.
This strategy might work for some professional bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids and will not lose their muscle even when lowering the weights, but will not work for most trainees. Not only you will lose some muscle mass due to not using the same heavy weights as you did in the winter, but you won't burn the fat either.
The main issue is that you can't spot reduce...you can't target fat loss from a specific area of your body. Doing 100 sit-ups won't make you burn JUST the belly fat, and doing 30 reps on the bench press will not magically burn fat off your chest or cause your pecs to look harder and more defined.
The only way to “define” a muscle is by lowering your body fat percentage in order to make your muscles more visible...while maintaining your existing muscle mass. If you haven't built a good amount of muscle during the winter, there's no need to start cutting since you won't have much to show after the fat goes away.
There are 2 ways to burn off the unwanted fat:
1. Change Your Diet